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Lincoln in Private

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Lincoln in Private by Ronald C. White
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May 04, 2021 | ISBN 9780593394328 | 297 Minutes

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“This engaging volume captures the private thoughts of a man who often still feels like an enigma more than a century and a half after his death. Through insightful analysis, Ronald C. White enables us to better understand Lincoln and to better comprehend how the political and cultural landscape nurtured his thinking. Lincoln in Private is essential reading for both scholars and general audiences alike.”—Edna Greene Medford, author of Lincoln and Emancipation 

“Out of long-forgotten memoranda, Ronald C. White has managed to construct a major Lincoln study that truly illuminates the life and philosophy of our greatest president. This is an exceptional feat of research, reconstruction, and reanalysis. It deserves a place on every bookshelf alongside Lincoln’s collected works and, of course, White’s own books.”—Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln and the Power of the Press and winner of the Lincoln Prize 

“Abraham Lincoln rendered the nation’s enduring tensions and purposes in unforgettable prose. Yet Lincoln did some of his best writing in small fragments, personal notes, and memos that illuminate his thinking anew. By assembling and expertly explicating these gems, Ronald C. White has made a singular and valuable contribution to the literature on our greatest president.”—Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy 

“Abraham Lincoln’s habit of jotting ideas and reflections on scraps of paper and placing them in a desk drawer to be drawn upon later for speeches, letters, and official documents has enabled Ronald C. White to offer important new insights into Lincoln’s thought processes in this fascinating book.”—James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry for Freedom and Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

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